Montalba Architects prioritises views at hillside house in Santa Monica

Binational studio Montalba Architects used ample glazing and a intelligent siting technique to supply one of the best vistas at Canyon Terrace Home in southern California.

Designed for a household of 4, the multi-storey house sits on a sloped website in Santa Monica.

A slender pool options exterior

Offering a connection to the outside – together with views of a close-by canyon – was a guiding concern for Montalba Architects. The principle intent was “to create a dialogue between indoor and outside areas”, the studio mentioned.

In flip, the workforce conceived an L-shaped, rectilinear dwelling that opens up towards the street – an orientation that captures one of the best views of the canyon, which lies to the west.

Bedroom within southern Californian home by Montalba Architects
Montalba Architects designed the home in southern California

Alongside the principle street-facing elevation, the workforce positioned a patio and slender pool. Bushes and a fence block views from passers-by.

The entrance door is discovered on the east, tucked again from the street.

Limestone boxy fireplace within living space of Californian house
The central fire is manufactured from limestone

Exterior partitions include light-toned stucco and huge stretches of glass. A number of areas are lined with patios and balconies shaded by anodized-aluminium louvres.

“Nature and pure gentle are the piece de resistance,” the studio mentioned.

Large glass sliding doors leading to garden at Canyon Terrace House
Montalba Architects integrated giant stretches of glass into the design

“The house coexists with sweeping canyon views, permitting full solar publicity to radiate by means of two intersecting volumes that orient every of the dwelling areas towards landscapes past the pool terrace,” it continued.

The home encompasses 5,400 sq. toes (502 sq. metres).

Downstairs office in Californian house by Montalba Architects
An workplace options on the entry-level

The entry-level holds the general public areas, together with an workplace. Full-height, glazed pocket doorways open up the inside to the patio and pool, enabling a easy transition between gathering areas.

The higher stage accommodates the first bed room suite and two extra bedrooms.

On the bottom stage, one finds a sport room, media room, health club, laundry amenities and space for storing, together with a two-car storage.

Oak flooring, walnut millwork and quartz kitchen counter tops are among the many inside finishes. Limestone options in a number of areas, together with the entryway, pool and central fire.

Rectilinear louvres on Canyon Terrace House by Montalba Architects in California
Louvres shade the home

Montalba Architects was based in 2004 by Swiss-American architect David Montalba and has workplaces in Santa Monica and Lausanne, Switzerland.

Extra initiatives by the studio embody a clothes boutique owned by superstar twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and the bright-and-airy headquarters for meditation firm Headspace.

The pictures is by Kevin Scott.

Venture credit:

Architect: Montalba Architects
Builder: Sarlan Builders
Structural engineer: John Labib & Associates
Geotechnical engineering: Grover Hollingsworth & Associates, Inc
Others: Roofing & Waterproofing Forensics, Inc; Oculus Mild Studio; Newton Power;
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